If you’ve driven in wintry conditions before, you’ve likely seen it: a large, commercial truck barreling down the highway as if it were a beautiful sunny day. While truckers may feel safe in their enormous 80,000-pound behemoths, the truth of the matter is that they are just as susceptible to the dangers posed by winter weather as the rest of us. Winter weather can result in snow, ice, wind, and poor visibility – all of which can result in serious accidents when not properly accounted for. Fortunately, when truckers fail to slow down or take other safety measures in poor weather conditions and cause accidents, they can often be held liable for any injuries they cause.
Under FMCSR § 392.14, commercial truck drivers are required to use “extreme caution” when hazardous conditions such as ice, snow, sleet, rain, fog, dust, or smoke affect visibility and traction. The regulation requires truckers to slow down and to actually stop driving if conditions become dangerous enough. When truckers fail to use extreme caution in these kinds of conditions, they are in violation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, which may be sufficient to establish liability in the event of an accident.
Winter weather can make roads treacherous, but there are certain steps that you can take to reduce your risk of getting into an accident with a commercial truck. These include the following:
While taking the steps detailed above can reduce your risk of involvement in an accident, nothing can reduce it to zero. If you are hurt in a wreck with a commercial truck or any other type of vehicle, you should contact an attorney as soon as you can to explore your options.
At Piazza, Simmons & Grant, we are committed to protecting the legal rights of individuals who have been injured in accidents with commercial trucks. To schedule a free case evaluation with one of our lawyers, call our office today at 203-348-2465 or send us an email through our online contact form.